It’s that time of year again in the NFL where teams have a deadline to place their franchise tag on players. Yes, the franchise tag makes the NFL off-season less interesting as almost every team’s top player never enters free agency due to the franchise tag. Now what if the NBA had the franchise tag? How would the league look today? Let’s take a look at the NBA if they had the franchise tag.
July 8th 2010, everyone glued to the TV to watch Lebron James make his decision on where he was going to play the next season. We all know that he decided to form a big three in Miami with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and went on to win two championships. Now what if the Cavaliers placed their franchise tag on Lebron and worked on a contract extension the next season. If this was the situation Cleveland would’ve never drafted Kyrie Irving as we all know Lebron would never have a losing season. Entering the next off-season Lebron and the Cavaliers were able to work on an extension to keep him in Cleveland for a long time. After missing out on winning the finals again Lebron recruits Wade to come to Cleveland as he failed to sign an extension with Miami.
Let’s head over to Oklahoma City where this past summer Kevin Durant let everyone in Oklahoma City down as he decided not to re-sign with the Thunder but sign with Golden State. So far this season Russell Westbrook is having an MVP season averaging a triple double. Now enter the franchise tag and Kevin Durant would’ve still been on the Thunder as him and Westbrook look to try to bring a title to Oklahoma.
Luckily the NBA doesn’t have the franchise tag and these players can sign wherever they like. Unfortunately these players don’t look for competition they take the easy route and sign with a super team in efforts to win a ring.